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Stichophanes ningshaanensis | by Kevin Messenger
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Stichophanes ningshaanensis

Hubei Province, China. An extremely rare colubrid. A single specimen was discovered in 1983 and none have been seen since, until I uncovered approximately 25 specimens in 2006 and 2008 at the site where this individual was photographed. This species is now in its own monotypic genus and preys exclusively on snails and slugs.

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Taken on July 14, 2011